Erryn reviews ‘The Edge of Heaven (Love Beyond Measure Book 1)’ by E.M. Lindsey. The ebook was published October 3, 2020 and was 280 pages. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Oliver Guinn, released January 5, 2021 and is 8 hrs and 52 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I’ve been enjoying the On The Market series.
“And really, what kind of fool goes and falls for their escort?”
In a fit of panic, reclusive English teacher, Julian Pedalino, lies about a boyfriend when he’s coerced into attending his ex-husband’s wedding. And when he realizes he has to follow through and actually bring someone, he’s left with only one option.
Hire a stranger.
He’s expecting the weekend to be a disaster, he’s expecting everyone to see through him, he’s expecting them all to know the truth – that he could never get someone as gorgeous as that to fall for a person like him.
What he isn’t expecting is Archer, the charming man who can play the part of astrophysicist with an endless love for the wonders of space, and gentle words that could sweep anyone off their feet.
Even Julian, who vowed never to let another man close to his heart, ever again.
It would be a romance made in the heavens….if only Archer wasn’t keeping a secret of his own.
The Edge of Heaven is a stand alone romance with no cheating and a happily ever after.
I’m a fan of E.M. Lindsey and of the fake boyfriend trope so I had high hopes for this book and they were met.
Julian is in a tough spot. His ex-husband is marrying Julian’s cousin and his manipulative mother is demanding he do his duty and attend the wedding. That’s pretty callous, but appears to be par for the course of a woman who believes appearances are everything. Julian has a hearing impairment and his father had a stroke leaving him with lingering visible effects, and the woman is basically ashamed of the men in her life. Not a fun way to live. I certainly didn’t like her.
Archer is a guy who lives in the lab. As an astrophysicist, he doesn’t get out much. But he’ll come back to the States from France to make his politician brother happy. He adores his older brother, but being the kin of someone famous takes its toll. Then he’s presented the opportunity to go somewhere and be someone else for a week. And he can help out a guy who clearly is in a tough spot. So he packs a bag and is off to pretend to be Julian’s boyfriend for a week.
Now, Julian thinks he’s hired Archer and so hands-off, right? But the attraction between the two men is just below the surface, and pretty soon even Julian’s interfering mother and nasty ex-husband can’t keep the two men from getting together. But is it all for real or will it end when the week from hell does?
Like I said, the book was well done and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Oliver Guinn is a new-to-me narrator and I won’t hesitate to pick him up again in the future. I hope there are more books to come as there were several secondary characters I quite liked.
9/10 Pots of Gold – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
E.M. Lindsey is currently living in the United States. In the very little free time they have, they read, Netflix binges, and writes– in that order. E.M. Lindsey’s works can be found exclusively published on amazon.